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The outlook wasn't brilliant for the Mudville nine that day;

Published on 10/7/2018
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The outlook wasn't brilliant for the
Mudville nine that day;

An Article By George Pierce
Casey At The Bat by Tim Wiles Wikipedia
Tim Wiles, who is the Director of Research at the Baseball Hall of Fame Library frequently dresses as Casey and recites the poem.  (courtesy of Wikipedia)

One of my favorite fun poems is Casey At The Bat. The poem, written by Ernest Thayer in 1888, has become a classic.  It is one of the most popular and well-known poems.

In brief:  Mudville is a fictional ball team and they are down by 2 runs as they enter the ninth inning.  The fans believe that the team might still be able to win if Casey, their star player, can get to bat.  Casey will the fifth batter in the ninth, but the first two batters fail to get a hit. With two outs, the next batter, Flynn, got a single.  Then Blake hits a double, so Flynn is on third and Blake is on second and Casey is at bat.

Walt Disney's version of Casey At The Bat.

Casey At The Bat  (courtesy Public Domain)

The outlook wasn't brilliant for the Mudville nine that day;
the score stood four to two, with but one inning more to play.
And then when Cooney died at first, and Barrows did the same,
a sickly silence fell upon the patrons of the game.

A straggling few got up to go in deep despair. The rest
clung to that hope which springs eternal in the human breast;
they thought, if only Casey could get but a whack at that –
they'd put up even money, now, with Casey at the bat.

But Flynn preceded Casey, as did also Jimmy Blake,
and the former was a lulu and the latter was a cake,
so upon that stricken multitude grim melancholy sat,
for there seemed but little chance of Casey's getting to the bat.

But Flynn let drive a single, to the wonderment of all,
and Blake, the much despised, tore the cover off the ball;
and when the dust had lifted, and the men saw what had occurred,
there was Jimmy safe at second and Flynn a-hugging third.

Then from five thousand throats and more there rose a lusty yell;
it rumbled through the valley, it rattled in the dell;
it knocked upon the mountain and recoiled upon the flat,
for Casey, mighty Casey, was advancing to the bat.

There was ease in Casey's manner as he stepped into his place;
there was pride in Casey's bearing and a smile on Casey's face.
And when, responding to the cheers, he lightly doffed his hat,
no stranger in the crowd could doubt 'twas Casey at the bat.

Ten thousand eyes were on him as he rubbed his hands with dirt;
five thousand tongues applauded when he wiped them on his shirt.
Then while the writhing pitcher ground the ball into his hip,
defiance gleamed in Casey's eye, a sneer curled Casey's lip.

And now the leather-covered sphere came hurtling through the air,
and Casey stood a-watching it in haughty grandeur there.
Close by the sturdy batsman the ball unheeded sped—
"That ain't my style," said Casey. "Strike one," the umpire said.

From the benches, black with people, there went up a muffled roar,
like the beating of the storm-waves on a stern and distant shore.
"Kill him! Kill the umpire!" shouted someone on the stand;
and it's likely they'd have killed him had not Casey raised his hand.

With a smile of Christian charity great Casey's visage shone;
he stilled the rising tumult; he bade the game go on;
he signaled to the pitcher, and once more the spheroid flew;
but Casey still ignored it, and the umpire said: "Strike two."

"Fraud!" cried the maddened thousands, and Echo answered fraud;
but one scornful look from Casey and the audience was awed.
They saw his face grow stern and cold, they saw his muscles strain,
and they knew that Casey wouldn't let that ball go by again.

The sneer is gone from Casey's lip, his teeth are clenched in hate;
he pounds with cruel violence his bat upon the plate.
And now the pitcher holds the ball, and now he lets it go,
and now the air is shattered by the force of Casey's blow.

Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright;
the band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light,
and somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout;
but there is no joy in Mudville — mighty Casey has struck out.

Penn And Teller  Casey At The Bat  You'll enjoy this.


Did you feel as if you were there at the game, a part of the crowd, caught up in the excitement? 

I am sharing this 130-year-old poem because I consider it to be a joy to read.  Gifted writers, such as Ernest Thayer, can paint pictures with their words.  They can truly engage our minds and our imaginations.  They draw us in with precision and deft. 

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Thank you for reading, my friends.
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